Create an Outdoor Kitchen
June 8th, 2022
An outdoor kitchen is perfect for people who love entertaining guests outdoors. Not only does it make hosting parties easier, but it can also increase your home's value. However, be careful not to let the cost of building an outdoor kitchen get out of hand! The key to sticking to a budget is planning ahead and being mindful of what you want to include in your kitchen. Below are some tips on how you can start living that al fresco life right away!
Without proper planning, building your own space can be a costly and time-consuming nightmare. In addition to construction costs, keep in mind the permit process for any bigger projects that involve electricity or plumbing—it's better to get those squared away before you start swinging a hammer. Ready to get started on planning the outdoor kitchen of your dreams?
Arguably, the most crucial element of this process is to set a budget. You should make decisions based on what you can afford--this includes choosing which materials to use because they will affect the entirety of the project. Remember that it's easy to get ahead of yourself and go overboard with your vision for an outdoor kitchen if you're not certain about your spending limit. To save yourself some heartache later, be practical from the start!
While people may be captivated by the ornate features of an outdoor kitchen, such as cozy seats and built-in pizza ovens, when they start planning one, some may get sidetracked and tempted. These and elegant seating areas can quickly become cost-prohibitive without a larger budget.
Before you start, establish what your priorities are to avoid buying things you don't need and wasting money. For example, do you want a lot of storage space for pots and pans? Do you plan on using a BBQ? Or do Countertops matter most to you? Knowing exactly what your dream outdoor kitchen looks like will help ensure that everything purchased is necessary.
If you're starting a landscaping project, the first thing you need to do is figure out how much each component will cost. Prior to beginning your project, we recommend looking into certain stores or visiting gardening facilities to see what alternatives you have for each item on your list and at different price points. This is an excellent method to get started on a budget.
If you have a deck or patio, you can easily incorporate these into your outdoor kitchen plans. If you have a concrete slab or stone patio, consider using these as your foundation for your outdoor kitchen. This will save you the cost of having to build a new foundation.
If you have a large backyard, you may want to consider creating an outdoor kitchen that is separate from your main house. This will give you more freedom to design the layout and features of your kitchen. You can also use this as an opportunity to create a more private space for entertaining guests.
Before you head to the store and buy a new appliance, check out some used ones! This is an excellent way to save money. Just be sure to inspect them for rust or broken parts. With a little work, you may be able to find a used fridge that would suit your needs just fine. For grills, however, we believe it's best to purchase one in excellent condition or brand-new as they can often be difficult (and costly) to repair. Some excellent resources to locate used good condition equipment include Facebook, OfferUp, and other similar platforms. You may discover someone who is moving and needs things gone quickly because they don't want to transport them to a new home.
Portable appliances are another great option as they are typically cheaper than built in appliances and you can always upgrade when your budget allows.
A good place to start with your outdoor kitchen build are the small essentials, like a sink, grill, and storage area. From there, you can add on an outdoor refrigerator or other upgrades as desired. Rather than completing your outdoor kitchen as one project though - make it a work in progress! This way you can keep adding items or decor over time and it will be more fun to choose what you really want with each item.
Organizing your outdoor kitchen is a wonderful idea! Make sure to consider the materials you want to utilize for countertops and flooring. Heat and stain-resistant countertop is a must. Natural stone is one of the finest materials available since it is low-maintenance and long-lasting.
Flooring for your outdoor kitchen should ideally be slip-resistant and durable. Some good flooring options that fit these criteria are tile or concrete. Tile is a popular choice as there are many color, texture, and size options to choose from. Concrete can give your outdoor kitchen countertops and floors a modern appearance. Since countertops and flooring lay the foundation for your entire outdoor kitchen look, don't skimp on them!
When it comes to cabinets, there are a few different routes you can take. One is to find some that are second-hand and then refinish them to match the rest of your outdoor kitchen. This option can save you a lot of money, but it will take some time and effort on your part.
If you have a larger budget, you could always opt for new cabinets. There are a lot of different styles and materials to choose from, so take your time in order to find the perfect ones for your outdoor kitchen.
Shelving is another important aspect of an outdoor kitchen, as it can be used to store food, cookware, or other necessary items. As with cabinets, you can either purchase new shelves or repurpose some old ones. If you decide to go the latter route, be sure to sand and paint them so that they match the rest of your outdoor kitchen.
Finally, furniture is a key part of any outdoor kitchen. After all, where else are you going to sit and enjoy your delicious meals? Just like with cabinets and shelving, you can either buy new furniture or refinish some old pieces. If you have the time and patience, refinishing furniture can be a great way to add your own personal touch to your outdoor kitchen. Plus, it can save you a lot of money.
Constructing an outdoor kitchen is a great way to increase the value of your home while also providing a fun space for you and your family (or guests) to enjoy delicious home cooked meals. However, before starting any construction project, be sure to consider both the space you want to remodel and the budget you are working with. When it comes to outdoor kitchens, there are a lot of different options to choose from. Just be sure to take your time and consider all of the different aspects before starting any construction projects. With a little bit of planning, you can easily create the perfect outdoor kitchen for your home.
It might benefit you to consider a short-term storage solution to keep items from being damaged during construction. A self storage unit can ensure your items are protected from environmental damage as well as theft while you work on your outdoor kitchen. Horizon Mini Storage hopes these tips and tricks help you build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams and is here for your storage needs during your remodel.